A unique look at the current and force of the Red RiverFargo, ND (WDAY TV) --A unique look at the current and force of the Red River, through the lens of a camera atop a Fargo Firefighter.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) --A unique look at the current and force of the Red River, through the lens of a camera atop a Fargo Firefighter. Today, 9-firefighters put on special suits as part of a rescue training drill in the Red River.
"See what the current is doing."
It's one thing to be putting on gear for a summer swim in the river. But when you are a Fargo firefighter, training for a real life rescue, the trip into the rolling Red, becomes intense.
With our camera attached to his head, firefighter Mason Krueger and others on his team, experienced the force, the current and danger of the Red River.
"a little shallower by the rocks if you stand by the rocks wrong you are gone and headed downstream."
Trainers with the Fargo Fire Department want their firefighters to be familiar with the river, along with the rocks and risks and boiling current, so that when a real rescue comes along, everyone is ready to work.
Capt. Lee Soeth with the Fargo Fire Dept says, "I don't want them to panic if we have to do a rescue I want them in to swim they can function in the river and we don't need our guys with anxiety getting in the river."
Even veteran firefighters, who have trained repeatedly on the river, are amazed by it's force and fury.
Fargo Firefighter Jon Bolstad says, "You can feel the current trying to push you over and then slip on some moss and you it takes you out."
The pictures tell the story. For anyone thinking they can win a battle with the river, remember this.
The fire department says never go into the river, without a boat and life jacket.